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 Susan Sontag - “Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene -- in the original meaning of that word ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses.”
 Susan Sontag - “The taste for worst-case scenarios reflects the need to master fear of what is felt to be uncontrollable. It also expresses an imaginative complicity with disaster.”
 Susan Sontag - “Sadomasochism has always been the furthest reach of the sexual experience when sex becomes most purely sexual, that is, severed from personhood, from relationships, from love. It should not be surprising that it has become attached to Nazi symbolism...”
 Susan Sontag - “Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance.”
 Susan Sontag - “The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything. There would only be what is.”
 Susan Sontag - “The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects --making it possible. . . to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.”
 Susan Sontag - “Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims.”
 Susan Sontag - “Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.”
 Susan Sontag - “I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.”
 Susan Sontag - “It's a pleasure to share one's memories. Everything remembered is dear, endearing, touching, precious. At least the past is safe --though we didn't know it at the time. We know it now. Because it's in the past because we have survived.”
 Susan Sontag - “Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.”
 Susan Sontag - “Nature in America has always been suspect, on the defensive, cannibalized by progress. In America, every specimen becomes a relic.”
 Susan Sontag - “It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph -- only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.”
 Susan Sontag - “Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens --and real diseases are useful material.”
 Susan Sontag - “With the modern diseases (once TB, now cancer) the romantic idea that the disease expresses the character is invariably extended to assert that the character causes the disease -- because it has not expressed itself.”
 Susan Sontag - “The fact that illness is associated with the poor --who are, from the perspective of the privileged, aliens in one's midst --reinforces the association of illness with the foreign with an exotic, often primitive place.”
 Susan Sontag - “What pornographic literature does is precisely to drive a wedge between one's existence as a full human being and one's existence as a sexual being -- while in ordinary life a healthy person is one who prevents such a gap from opening up.”
 Susan Sontag - “The quality of American life is an insult to the possibilities of human growth. . . the pollution of American space, with gadgetry and cars and TV and box architecture, brutalizes the senses, making gray neurotics of most of us. . .”
 Susan Sontag - “The hard truth is that what may be acceptable in elite culture may not be acceptable in mass culture, that tastes which pose only innocent ethical issues as the property of a minority become corrupting when they become more established.”
 Susan Sontag - “Much of modern art is devoted to lowering the threshold of what is terrible. By getting us used to what, formerly, we could not bear to see or hear, because it was too shocking, painful, or embarrassing, art changes morals.”
 Susan Sontag - “A fiction about soft or easy deaths. . . is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.”
 Susan Sontag - “Religion is probably, after sex, the second oldest resource which human beings have available to them for blowing their minds.”
 Susan Sontag - “A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness of psychology comes from its being a sublimated spiritualism a secular, ostensibly scientific way of affirming the primacy of spirit over matter.”
 Susan Sontag - “Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work-driven feel about not working when they are on vacation and supposed to be having fun. They have something to do that is like a friendly imitation of work they can take pictures.”
 Susan Sontag - “American energy. . . is the energy of violence, of free-floating resentment and anxiety unleashed by chronic cultural dislocations which must be, for the most part, ferociously sublimated. This energy has mainly been sublimated into crude materialism”

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